GULU– The army leadership at 4th Division Barracks in Gulu Municipality is investigating circumstances under which unknown assailants scaled the perimeter wall of the highly guarded facility before making off with a motorcycle on Monday morning.
Located in Berdege Division, the barracks in April began erecting a perimeter fence around the military facility in a bid to boost security and keep out any intruders.
Sources said the unknown thugs accessed the barracks after cutting the security perimeter fence on the western side of the barracks.
The 4th Division Infantry spokesperson, Maj Caesar Olweny, confirmed the incident in an interview on Wednesday.
He noted that the thugs made off with a motorcycle of Bajaj type.
Maj Olweny, however, suspects that the looting was done by one of the soldiers within the division barracks.
UPDF 4 Infantry Division was originally 157 Mobile Brigade of the National Resistance Army. It was operating in Northern and West Nile regions under the Command of Colonel (Maj Gen) Pecos Kutesa. The Mobile Brigade was too large and later was broken down into smaller Brigades when the NRA formations were structured in 1987.
4 Infantry Division has been on the forefront of counterinsurgency operations in Northern Uganda since 1987, and it has also contributed its troops to both internal operations in other Divisions and, externally, to operations aimed at bringing regional stability in Sudan (later South Sudan), the Central African Republic and Somalia.
Currently, the Division comprises four Brigades, affiliated support units and auxiliary taking charge of mid-Northern Uganda and West Nile sub-region, hence covering 12 districts of Arua, Maracha, Koboko, Yumbe, Moyo, Nebbi, Zombo, Adjumani, Amuru, Nwoya, Gulu and Oyam.